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Ospreys and Wales legend Shane Williams to unveil portrait of himself by artist David Griffiths

By PaulTurner555  |  Posted: April 01, 2013


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RUGBY player Shane Williams will be unveiling a portrait of himself this week.

A painting of the 36-year-old Amman Valley sportsman will go on show at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Wales's record try-scorer Shane, who also played for the Ospreys, will be at the venue on Thursday for the special event.

It was last year that the rugby player, who is currently playing in Japan, sat for renowned Welsh portrait artist David Griffiths, who has painted many of the UK's major public figures during his 40-year career, including Prince Charles, Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan, and former world boxing champion Joe Calzaghe.

The rugby star will also be signing autographs for his fans at the unveiling, which will take place in the council chamber at 2pm.

Mr Griffiths, who lives in Roath, Cardiff, said he enjoyed working alongside the former winger who played for both Wales and the Ospreys during his incredible career.

He said: "I am looking forward to seeing Shane again and am delighted that he can unveil the portrait. 

"He is indeed an iconic sportsman and it was a pleasure to work with him."

It took Mr Griffiths six months to paint the portrait of Shane in oils on a 30 x 40 inch canvas.

The image shows Shane wearing his kit for his last international match against Australia in December 2011, including his Bye Bye boots.

Shane was named the IRB International Player of the Year in 2008 and was regarded as one of the most exciting wingers in world rugby.

He retired from the sport last February after scoring 58 tries in 87 games for Wales and two in four tests for the British and Irish Lions. 

But he decided to extend his playing career by going out to Japan and signing for the Sagamihara-based Mitsubishi Dynaboars in June of last year.

During last year's Eisteddfod Shane was also honoured for his contribution to national life with a blue robe.

Paul Joyner, head of archive and art acquisitions at the library, added: "This portrait has a real sense of presence. 

"We feel as though Shane has just walked in and will be ready in a moment to play another game for Wales."

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  • grathepaint  |  April 02 2013, 3:22PM

    What a Fabulous Painting of Our Welsh Hero who has given us sooo much pleasure over the years.Many congratulations to David Griffiths for his tremendous work..